Today we left Moscow for the next World Cup stop in Berlin. The Russian Federation organized a short tour of Red Square for us this morning.
The Red Square is the central point of Moscow, the place where all streets radiate outward through the city. It has a long rich history which was highlighted by our guide. The Kremlin, St. Basil's cathedral, government buildings and other historic sites are in the Red Square. These tours are always very interesting and a lot of fun for the entire team. Over the years I've been fortunate to walk on the Great Wall of China, visit Hiroshima, the Parthenon, the Berlin Wall and now the Red Square.
I shot this video just outside the Red Square at the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier, a memorial to the soldiers and people of Russia who died in World War II. The guide told us that 30 million Russians died, touching every family in Russia. As the video ends you will see a series of red granite "boxes". These monuments to the "Hero Cities" of Russia, cities remembered for their heroism during the war. The first box is the monument to Leningrad, cut off from world for 900 days. The Changing of the Guard cermony takes place every 30 minutes just outside Red Square.
This afternoon we fly to Berlin. I'll send you an update after we get settled. For now here are a few pictures from the tour of the Red Square.
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